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Arena 3D released
Posted by Niklas on 7 October 2002, 15:00 GMT

More 3D goodness: Malcolm Smith just released Arena 3D, a First Person Shooter built using Thomas Nussbaumers FAT Engine for the TI-89, TI-92 Plus and Voyage 200 calculators. The game has a Rocket Arena theme, you can strafe, and special features include a double-speed mode and a "hit find" maneuver (automatically turn to whoever/whetever shot you). More features, options and levels are planned; take a look at Malcolms web page for more information.

One small point: being a pre-release, there are still bugs. Malcolm notes one in particular in the readme.txt file, so make sure to backup any important files before you try this out.

Update (Niklas): Malcolm has released an Arena 3D SDK (sort of) with everything you need to create your own levels.


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On Excellence
centauri Account Info

This game is truely amazing; I believe it could justly be dubbed the best 3D game (assuming the project doesn't stop here).

However, there have been a couple of wierd bugs. When I got the program I exec'd it using PreOS/TICCT Explorer (upon which the program should work; and it did). However, on certain occasions, the program mysteriously crashed. Yes, the error is replicable, but not all the time.

If you start the game (no particular preferences; any will do), the game might freeze momentarily and then...Die in Disgrace.

With PreOS running, it intercepts the crashes; however, its still a crash.

Not to say the program is bad; indeed, for an early stage, it should by extol'd.

Well, hopefully the author gets the program done soon; I'm hoping for more weapons (comeon, MP4s all the time get pretty dull). In addition, I find that on occassion, bots can fire from nowhere. You can't really see your enemy, even if you hit the "find shooter" key.

     8 October 2002, 20:57 GMT

Re: On Excellence
Malcolm Smith  Account Info
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Thanks for the comments.

I always run my games nostub, so I guess I should start testing with kernels somewhat also.

I'm not quite sure what you mean by "the game might freeze momentarily and then...Die in Disgrace." If it's something different than a Divide by Zero, it's the first I've heard of it. Can you email me with specifics please?

What does extol'd mean?

I'll probably add more weapons at some point... for the next release, it's not a high priority though. I want to make it bug-free, add a compass (done), and fix some rocket and AI problems (somewhat done).

Thanks again.

     9 October 2002, 06:12 GMT

Re: Re: On Excellence
lord_nightrose Account Info
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extolled means 'praised and lauded'

     9 October 2002, 14:16 GMT

Re: Re: Re: On Excellence
slimey_limey  Account Info

Yes, but you spleled it "extol'd", not "extolled".

     10 October 2002, 16:39 GMT

Ko-legit Vokab (j/k Collegiate Vocab)
centauri Account Info

Ok this is a bit off topic but it does pertain to the the reply above. It has to do with spelling--namely "extol'd" and extolled.

By now we all know what the word means. When writing I often abbreviate words; but its (I suppose, and its worthless trying to argue), whether or not it is legitimate to spell extolled as "extol'd". I guess technically it should be another "l" as in "extoll'd"...

Then again, I don't think anyone really cares. As long as I can articulate my ideas concisely.

As for the errors, I will email them as soon as I'm finished with the SATs and the BU Engneering scholarship exam :)

     11 October 2002, 23:01 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: On Excellence
lord_nightrose Account Info
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No, I didn't spell it *JACK*. I didn't say it. centauri did.

     21 October 2002, 01:22 GMT

Re: Arena 3D released
Malcolm Smith  Account Info
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To everyone still following this post, despite the numerous offtopic replies...

If you are having problems running Arena 3D, I've found the 3 most common causes, thanks to comments I've received.

- You are missing a required file (there are 7 of these). This could be
because 'a3dmaps' is missing, for example.
- You moved the game from the "arena" directory to something different. This
problem could happen if the game was in 'arena3d' instead of 'arena', for
example. The sending software should put it in the right directory, and then
just leave it there.
- You don't have enough RAM free. However, about 100k is enough, so check the first two problems first.

     9 October 2002, 05:39 GMT

Re: Arena 3D released
dimme  Account Info

Damn cool game, I tried it in VTI on the 92+.
Just a little OT question
I was thinking about selling my TI-89 and getting a V200 instead of that one because of the larger screen, larger archive memory and qwerty keyboard. Is it a sensible idea or should I forget and keep my 89?

     9 October 2002, 11:58 GMT

Re: Re: Arena 3D released
RCTParRoThEaD_  Account Info
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If your looking for incompatibility like a Mac, then go ahead!

     9 October 2002, 21:55 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Arena 3D released
dimme  Account Info

Isn't it fully compatible with TI-92 programs?

     9 October 2002, 22:10 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Arena 3D released
slimey_limey  Account Info

It isn't compatible with the SAT.

     10 October 2002, 16:41 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Arena 3D released
PolarDPres  Account Info
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ya, that is a small problem, but if you already have an 83 or 86, that shouldn't matter too much, as I got a 1400 on my PSAT with a school 83.

     10 October 2002, 20:43 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Arena 3D released
<h3m04v+0+r0ph  Account Info
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Geez, if your score on the SAT is dependant on the calculator you have, then you shouldn't even be taking it: that simple. It may be quite a bit easier with, say, a TI-89, but you <i>should</i> be able to do it all by hand.

     12 October 2002, 00:25 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Arena 3D released
lord_nightrose Account Info
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Personally I think that the SAT is a bit outdated as a means of judging whether someone is ready for college or not. I say... get rid of it.

     12 October 2002, 09:37 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Arena 3D released
TheCalcGenius  Account Info

Ya, but now the College Board is remaking it with a total score of 2400: you wanna know why?????


     12 October 2002, 17:01 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Arena 3D released
lord_nightrose Account Info
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Are you serious?? omfg. death to the college board!!! WHO gave THEM the right to tell us how SMART we are???

     13 October 2002, 04:58 GMT

Boring SAT stuff
TheCalcGenius  Account Info

Ya, but they are also taking off analogies and (I think) sentence completions...I HATE THOSE THINGS!!!

Oh well...I'm lucky that I don't have to take it. It starts in the beginning of year 2005, and I'll be a junior, so if I take it in the fall, I WON'T HAVE TO DO AN ESSAY!!! PARADE!!!

     14 October 2002, 01:58 GMT

Re: Boring SAT stuff
lord_nightrose Account Info
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Umm... if you can't do analogies and sentence completion... you're a loser. :P

     20 October 2002, 19:30 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Arena 3D released
PolarDPres  Account Info
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That was the point of my post

     12 October 2002, 23:01 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Arena 3D released
PolarDPres  Account Info
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Go ahead and get the v200, I got a 92+, and I like it much more than my friends 89.
Just like macs, they dont have as much software, but they have all the good stuff you need.

     10 October 2002, 20:41 GMT

Re: Arena 3D released
zach orlosky  Account Info

I am having trouble with the keys on a TI-89. I can find the fire key, which for some reason is 2nd no matter what I do in the Options, but I can't find any of the other keys such as strafe and hit find. Also, the enemies seem to be able to fire through the walls.

     9 October 2002, 17:41 GMT

Re: Re: Arena 3D released
Malcolm Smith  Account Info
(Web Page)

2nd - A - default fire key
Diamond - B - default strafe key
Home - C
X - D
Shift - E - hit find key
alpha - F - speed up key
Y - H

I just tried changing the fire key in the options, and I had no problem. The letter in the parentheses refers to A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H; but those letters correspond to 2nd,diamond, home,x,shift,alpha,mode,y.

Hope this helps,

     10 October 2002, 00:08 GMT

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